LAHORE: Reportedly, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arranged two helicopters in order to arrest Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam, upon their arrival tomorrow (July 13) from London, media revealed Wednesday night.
The NAB plans to position one of the two helicopters at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport and the other at the new Islamabad International Airport, ready to take the two PML-N leaders into custody immediately as they land to the motherland.
According to sources, the two will be taken into custody at the airport. The same helicopter that Sharif used as the prime minister of Pakistan will be used to commute him to the jail ultimately, they added.
Furthermore, a 16-member team has been designed to take positions to immediately arrest the father-daughter duo. Of these, nine would be from the NAB itself and the rest will be police officers.
In addition, the NAB, has also advised officers at its headquarters to stay on alert.
Earlier, DG NAB Lahore Shahzad Saleem had written a letter to Chairman NAB Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal requesting that a helicopter be provided to transfer the two high-profile figures.
Earlier, it was reported that the Cabinet Division had allocated two helicopters to the NAB. Shahzad Saleem, the director-general at the NAB for Lahore, had written a letter to Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, the chairman, to request a helicopter be provided to transfer the two high-profile accused.
The letter, according to sources, read that a rally will be held in Lahore upon the former premier’s arrival that is likely to create challenges in arresting the father-daughter duo, who are currently in London to lend support to Sharif’s ailing wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.
Last week, however, Sharif was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped with a £8-million fine (Rs1.3-billion) in the Avenfield properties reference case, while Maryam, his daughter, was sentenced to eight years with a £2-million (Rs335-million) fine.
Additionally, Nawaz’s son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar has been given a one year sentence without any fine.
NAB shifted Captain (retd) Safdar Awan to Adiala Jail after he was presented in an accountability court in Islamabad on Monday.
The son-in-law of the deposed prime minister was arrested by the anti-graft body on Sunday.